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On 12 April, Detroit, Creative City of Design, led by Design Core Detroit – formerly Detroit Creative Corridor Center – has unveiled the Detroit City of Design Action Plan, which aims to drive inclusive growth through 2025. The Action Plan, which includes a vision, strategy and recommendations, is the final outcome of the organization’s year-long process to activate Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation.
Fifteen Seconds Festival started in 2014 as a conference to explore the contemporary trends in the field of marketing. Today, the event has turned into an interdisciplinary business festival which gathers thinkers and practitioners from all around the world. This is why, the 2017 edition, over 4100 curious visitors decided to join Fifteen Seconds Festival and came to Graz to explore the city and its local creative innovation.
City of Design Kobe Creative Council gets ready to launch an experimental event intended to create and promote the dissemination of new forms of culture.
Kaunas, Creative City of Design,is well-known for the Modernist architecture that has shaped the urban landscape of the city since the first half of the XX century in Lithuania. The great physical heritage of the Modernist Movement does not only represent the rich cultural past, but it impacts every day’s life of its citizens and their sense of belonging to the city.
The representatives of the UNESCO Creative Cities of Enseñada, Guadalajara, Morelia, Ciudad de México, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Puebla gathered together with the officials of the Mexican Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (CONALMEX) at the UNESCO Field Office in Mexico City.
Within the 2nd Shenzhen Design Week, to be held from 20th to 30th April. The city of Shenzhen invites industrial and product designers to enter the inaugural Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA).
Saint-Etienne, UNESCO City of Design, has participated to the 3rd edition of Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) organized by SDPA in autumn 2017Since the creation of this Award in 2013, the Cité du design promoted the award amongst local young designers, organized a local jury, and for and  allow Saint-Etienne to win 4 Award on 21 in total on January 2018 , as  in 2013 and 2015: 
On 14 February, the city of Kaunas launched its exhibition on “Architecture of Optimism: The Kaunas Phenomenon, 1918-1940”. The inauguration ceremony, held at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, has celebrated the heritage of the Lithuanian Creative City of Design, and promoted innovation and creativity through the idea of optimism.
The Call for Applications for the 3rd edition of the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21” is opened until 16 March 2018. Organized by UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and Mexico City, the objective of the International Award “UCLG – Mexico City – Culture 21” is to recognize cities and personalities that have distinguished themselves for their contribution to culture as a key driver for sustainable development.
From June to September, Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organized a one-stage anonymous design contest to seek a design concept for the city’s new Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Concert Centre. 117 architectal studios entered contest from 36 countries. The 3 finalists are now revealed and 11 top proposals, including several from studios sited in UNESCO Creative Cities.